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Comment Re:Too bad (Score 1) 242

Some silly Linux thing eh? Let's translate it into cars, as we are on slashdot.

You can no longer use brand X gas in your car you must use brand Y. You're okay with that, right?
But you can no longer use wheels on your car and you have a problem with that.

You forget that some of us paid close to $1000 when it first came out, with the understanding that it could play games, do it's sony thing, play blueray disks, and run Linux.

So I deserve some of that original money back. I don't like being held up for about $200 worth of functionality. You might be okay with that, but then again plenty of people don't mind being smacked in the face once in a while. I for one, DO NOT ACCEPT the Sony overlords.

Comment If Randi is reading this, (Score 1) 217

I've got a question that I didn't think of to ask in time for the interview.
Have you ever gone into a situation where you thought you would be debunking something only to find out that the person was on the level?

I'm thinking if a debunker had heard of penicillin (being cured of small pox by using bread mold!?!) he would have been able to cast dispersions on Fleming etc. Is there ever a case where you were debunking actual advancement and decided that it didn't need to be debunked after all?

Comment Re:OpenSCAD ? (Score 1) 218

Yes I've gone through a few different programs, and had almost settled on blender when I discovered openscad. The great thing about openscad is you can build upon things and include things more then once. It also doesn't have the problem of scale or holes in your model (a very big problem with blender).

It has ended up saving me a lot of work.

Submission + - Tesla Motors Loses Appeal Against BBC Top Gear (bailii.org)

TrueSatan writes: In a highly detailed decision the UK Court of Appeal has rejected Tesla's appeal against an eartlier ruling by a lower court that, too, rejected Tesla's case. Reading through the decision it is clear that the judge saw Tesla's case as lacking sufficient detail and specific instances of proof to support each claim. The judge stated that that Tesla's chances of a successful appeal, should the case have gone to trial, were insufficiently high to justify holding a trial. He stated that Tesla's case had no real chance of success and in many notes picked appart Tesla's legal team's arguments...that said he did not say that Top Gear were right or justified in portraying Tesla's vehicle in the way they did merely that there wasn't a legal case for an appeal.
One of the key flaws in Tesla's case, according to the judicial decision, was Tesla's inability to show that actual pecuniary harm, with detailed financial figues, had occured.

Firefox

Submission + - dragon naturally speaking virus (stockchase.com) 2

iplayfast writes: "I'm livid. My site updates information on a daily basis. Over the last few months Firefox has been asking for a plugin, I never put that in the code....

Turns out that Dragon naturally speaking version 12, is adding extra code to entries if you are using firefox. This code is hidden inside of div tags. So users don't know they are inserting it. It is asking visitors to my site (who are also using firefox) to install a plugin. This plugin doesn't exist.

In otherwords, if you go to the site and use firefox you will be asked to install a plugin. If you do it, none will be found.

EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU GO TO THE PAGE!

Just a big waste of time and resources.

As anybody can enter things into the site (similar to slashdot) anybody using dragon dictate 12 will be filling my site with this pointless code.

I view this as a virus. It infects computers in a hidden way, is made by a fairly large company, on purpose, with I assume, the idea of releasing their plugin to promote their software.

Am I overreacting?"

Space

Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back 425

Iranian state TV is claiming that the country has successfully sent a monkey into space and back, bringing Iran one step closer to its goal of a manned space flight. According to the report, the rocket named Pishgam, or Pioneer in Farsi, reached a height of 120km. From the article: "Iran has long said it seeks to send an astronaut into space as part of its ambitious aerospace program, including plans for a new space center announced last year. In 2010, Iran said it launched an Explorer rocket into space carrying a mouse, a turtle and worms."
Businesses

Submission + - Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself (ibtimes.com)

redletterdave writes: "Dell is reportedly working on a project codenamed "Ophelia," a USB-sized self-contained computer that provides access to virtually every major operating system there is — from the Mac OS, to Windows, to Google's Chrome OS, to cloud-based solutions from Citrix and Dell — all via the cloud. Powered by Android, Ophelia works just like a USB port: Just plug it into any flat panel monitor or TV, and boom, you have a computer. Ophelia connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, and can connect to keyboards and other peripherals over Bluetooth. Not only is the computer portable and power-efficient, but to make it truly accessible, Dell plans to sell the device for just $50."
Android

Submission + - The Android SDK is longer free software. (fsfe.org) 1

tian2992 writes: "The new terms for the Android SDK now include phrases such as "you may not: (a) copy (except for backup purposes), modify, adapt, redistribute, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or create derivative works of the SDK or any part of the SDK" among other non-Free software friendly terms, as noted by FSF Europe's Torsten Grote. Replicant, a free fork of Android announced the release of Replicant SDK 4.0 based on the latest sources of Android SDK without the new terms."

Comment Re:It's not dead. (Score 1) 791

>>I think that the kde desktop is much easier then any windows in the past or current. There's a reason.

>And what reason would that be?

That windows 8 sucks big time. (I use it everyday so I know). And kde is easy to use. (I use it everyday too!)

Your ATI is funky between distros isn't because there isn't an ABI (there is, it's opensource you can't get more ABI then that!) It's because ATI has problems. I don't switch between distros much so I can't really comment on why ATI is having problems, but all I can say that with Sabayon or Gentoo they've worked flawlessly.
As for IE support, I don't give a flying fuck.
Point is there is no reason to change to Win8. If you are using Windows 7 and like it stick with it. Win 8 wasn't built for the desktop.

Also this discussion was about using Linux for Non-Technical users. I still support that kde is easier to use then Windows of any strip but probably not enough to change if you have already learned MS's system. If you haven't used any system kde is the way to go.

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